Tbilisi, November 8, 2014 – Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, has completed her first official visit to Georgia since assuming office in September 2013. During her three-day visit, Ms. Tuck emphasized that the World Bank would continue supporting the country’s market-based reform agenda to promote inclusive growth, improve competitiveness, further enhance business environment, create more jobs, and advance public service delivery.
In the course of her visit, Ms. Tuck met with the Prime Minister, the economic team, and the President of Georgia, held discussions with representatives of the private sector and civil society organizations, academia and youth groups, and development partners.
During the meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Ms. Tuck confirmed the World Bank Group’s commitment to supporting the Government’s development objectives under the Socio-economic Development Strategy 2020 and commended the Government’s focus on supporting the poor and the vulnerable, and investing in the Georgian people.
“Increasing access to quality public services is critically important for improving people’s lives,” said Ms. Tuck. “We are pleased to be working with the Government of Georgia on the reform program, which includes improved health services, pre-school education, and targeted social assistance. We believe that these reforms will help reduce poverty, especially in rural areas and remote regions, and will ensure that benefits of growth are shared across various groups of the population.”